MySQL Import Export…

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November 23, 2012 by aubreykloppers

Export A MySQL Database

This example shows you how to export a database. It is a good idea to export your data often as a backup.

  1. Using SSH, execute the following command:
    mysqldump -u username -p database_name > dbname.sql
  2. You will be prompted for a password, type in the password for the username and press Enter. Replace username, password and database_name with your MySQL username, password and database name.

The file dbname.sql now holds a backup of your database and is ready for download to your computer.

Import A MySQL Database

The file must be in .sql format. It can not be compressed in a .zip or .tar.gz file.

  1. Start by uploading the .sql file onto the server
  2. Using SSH, navigate to the directory where your .sql file is.
  3. Next run this command:
     mysql -p -u username database_name < file.sql

    Note:¬†The -p will prompt for your account’s password.

    Note: username is the user with rights to the database. If you are unsure what the username is you can use the same username and password used to sign into SSH.

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